In the words of Swami Kripalu:
Kripalu Yoga is the most advantageous practice for a person living an active life in society. Success in life requires both mind (chitta) and life force (prana).
Through regular practice, prana awakens. Chitta and prana become friends of equal strength who cooperate closely with one another.
Chitta and prana usually work independently.
- While waking, chitta is dominant and controls the body.
- While sleeping, prana is dominant and controls the body.
- While practicing Kripalu Yoga, a smooth flow of attention is maintained on the body while gracefully passing form posture to posture.
The uniqueness of Kripalu Yoga is that postures, breath regulation, introversion, concentration and meditation are all happening simultaneously. In the beginning stages, the practice of postures is primary and the other aspects of yoga are secondary. In the final stage, meditation is the primary experience.